The Music World Pays Tribute to the Late Little Richard


Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Mick Jagger, Chuck D, and more remember “the spirit of rock ’n’ roll.”


MAY 09, 202012:42 PM

Little Richard performs at the U.S. Capitol in 2011.
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Without Little Richard, who died today at the age of 87, rock and roll might not exist—and at the very least, it would have looked very different. (The cause, his son told Rolling Stone, was cancer.) The man who taught Paul McCartney to “woooo!” was a pioneer and an innovator by any standard you could care to name. In terms of music, performance, sexuality, he was so far ahead of his contemporaries that it took years, if not decades, for them to catch up. As news of Richard Penniman’s death spread Saturday morning, musicians and artists spanning generations took to social pay to pay their respects, and ensure his legacy got its due.Bob Dylan@bobdylan

I just heard the news about Little Richard and I’m so grieved. He was my shining star and guiding light back when I was only a little boy. His was the original spirit that moved me to do everything I would do.61.4KTwitter Ads info and privacy10.5K people are talking about this

Bob Dylan@bobdylanReplying to @bobdylan

I played some shows with him in Europe in the early nineties and got to hang out in his dressing room a lot. He was always generous, kind and humble. And still dynamite as a performer and a musician and you could still learn plenty from him.9,165Twitter Ads info and privacy1,042 people are talking about thisBob Dylan@bobdylanReplying to @bobdylan

In his presence he was always the same Little Richard that I first heard and was awed by growing up and I always was the same little boy. Of course he’ll live forever. But it’s like a part of your life is gone.11.1KTwitter Ads info and privacy1,609 people are talking about this

Hold On Be Strong@questlove

The King Of Rock And Roll. Zero Questions. Journalists Do Your Job. Not ARCHITECT not PIONEER. not HITMAKER. This man was literally THE BLUEPRINT of all the world took from. LITTLE RICHARD is THE TRUE KING. LONG LIVE… …2,448Twitter Ads info and privacy775 people are talking about thisMichelle Obama@MichelleObama

With his exuberance, his creativity, and his refusal to be anything other than himself, Little Richard laid the foundation for generations of artists to follow. We are so lucky to have had him. Sending all my love to his family and friends today.39.9KTwitter Ads info and privacy4,279 people are talking about thisMick Jagger@MickJagger

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20.7KTwitter Ads info and privacy5,019 people are talking about thisChuck D@MrChuckDReplying to @MrChuckD

I interviewed Little Richard some yrs ago he was awesome. There hasn’t been anything close to his volcanic explosion of talent into forming Rock and Roll in the 1950s. I knew Andre Harrell and first met him mopping a HarlemWorld floor in 80, worked with his artists. Rest in Beats Ads info and privacy59 people are talking about this

Spike Lee@SpikeLeeJoint

Rest In Peace To One Of The True Creators Of Rock And Roll. This Is The Commercial I Directed With Little Richard And Michael Jordan, 1991.

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23.9KTwitter Ads info and privacy7,881 people are talking about thisAva DuVernay@ava

I served soul food brunch to Little Richard every Sunday for a year while waitressing at Aunt Kizzy’s Back Porch in LA. I was a college student. He tipped me a crisp $100 bill each week on a $75 breakfast with friends. This was 30 years ago. Helped me so much. God rest his soul. …New York Magazine@NYMagLittle Richard, one of the most influential figures in the foundation and evolution of rock and roll, has died 118KTwitter Ads info and privacy13.1K people are talking about this

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By signing up, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of UseStevie Van Zandt@StevieVanZandt

RIP Little Richard. The man who invented It. Elvis popularized it. Chuck Berry was the storyteller. Richard embodied the Spirit of RocknRoll. Maureen and I were so honored being the first marriage he conducted. Were lucky to know him. He lives forever in the Underground Garage.12.1KTwitter Ads info and privacy1,682 people are talking about thisVernon Reid@vurnt22

Rock Is Dead
Little Richard
The Right Reverend Penniman
The Architect of Rock & Roll
Is Gone
Roll has lost it’s Soul
It’s 1st most daring & outrageous Forefather.
Rest In Power FOREVER
?1,969Twitter Ads info and privacy594 people are talking about thisVernon Reid@vurnt22

No Jimi, No Beatles No Bowie, No Bolan. NO GLAM, No Freddie, No Prince, No Elton, No Preston No Sly, No Stevie, WITHOUT Little Richard!They DON’T HAPPEN Without HIM BLAZING A TRAIL IN THE DARK in sequence, if he had his SHIRT ON AT ALL, AT THE PIANO, SCREAMING LIKE A WHITE WOMAN12.9KTwitter Ads info and privacy2,919 people are talking about thisViola Davis@violadavis

The Originator. The innovator. The musician, performer who influenced generations of artists….has left. You were AWESOME #LittleRichard!!! Your talent will reverberate forever. Well done sir. Rest well❤,921Twitter Ads info and privacy734 people are talking about this

Nicholas Pegg@NicholasPegg

No other artist influenced David Bowie quite like Little Richard, whose music captivated him at the age of 8. “I’d never heard anything that lived in such bright colours… When I do my little call-and-response things on songs like Modern Love, it all comes from Little Richard.” Ads info and privacy98 people are talking about thisDuncan Jones@ManMadeMoon

From what my dad told me about his love of this legend growing up, it’s very likely he would not have taken the path he did without the huge influence of Little Richard.
One of the highest of the high.
Enjoy whatever’s next, Superstar.

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4,871Twitter Ads info and privacy905 people are talking about thisChance The Rapper@chancetherapper

A couple weeks ago I randomly decided to read up on the legendary Little Richard on wiki. I learned then about how he developed The Beatles and saved The Rolling Stones,217Twitter Ads info and privacy966 people are talking about thisjuicy j@therealjuicyj

R.I.P. Rock & Roll Legend Little Richard2,650Twitter Ads info and privacy680 people are talking about this

Margo Price@MissMargoPrice

Farewell to the definition of rock and roll, Little Richard ?

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730Twitter Ads info and privacy81 people are talking about thisKrist Novoselić@KristNovoselic

In the late 1980s, I was walking down Hollywood Blvd, a black limo drove by slowly, Little Richard waved at us from the back window with a crazy look on his face. A giant in Rock and Roll music.2,088Twitter Ads info and privacy225 people are talking about thisJimmy Page@JimmyPage

RIP Little Richard, a very sad loss. My thoughts are with his loved ones.⁣

It’s Little Richard’s songs that pioneered rock’n’roll. I got to hear him and his band at the Newport Lounge in Miami and boy were they good. ⁣,987Twitter Ads info and privacy1,777 people are talking about thisNile Rodgers@nilerodgers

The loss of a true giant. My sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends. …Little Richard, Founding Father of Rock Who Broke Musical Barriers, Dead at 87Little Richard, the massively influential rock & roll pioneer whose early hits inspired a generation of musicians, has died at 87.rollingstone.com1,848Twitter Ads info and privacy589 people are talking about this


#LittleRichard was a genius, pure and simple. He paved the way for (code for he was ripped off by)so many artists. Watch his YouTube performances to see what I mean. I met him on «Down and Out in Beverly Hills», in which he was hilarious. What a legacy. God bless you, Richard. …The Associated Press@APReplying to @APKnown for his piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour, Little Richard irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America with hits including “Long Tall Sally” and “Tutti Frutti.” He died Saturday morning. 2,931Twitter Ads info and privacy595 people are talking about thisGene Simmons@genesimmons

Sadly, Little Richard passed away today. A founding Father of Rock And Roll, his contributions simply can’t be overstated. I had the honor of meeting Richard in his later years and was awed by his presence. He told me, “I am the architect of Rock And Roll.” Amen! ..Rest In Peace. …TMZ@TMZLittle Richard Dead at 87 3,726Twitter Ads info and privacy795 people are talking about thisKathy Valentine@Kathy_Valentine

Little Richard. Hanging out, getting to rehearse, play guitar with him on Tutti Frutti might be one of my top 3 musical all time great moments. He was and will be always the king, the queen, the everything.484Twitter Ads info and privacy73 people are talking about thisKid Congo Powers@kidcongopowers

Oooh my soul . To you we are all indebted ! Long live the Queen of Rock n Roll! All Hail ! ?#littlerichard #rip Ads info and privacy84 people are talking about this

Brian Wilson@BrianWilsonLive

I’m very sorry to hear about Little Richard. He was there at the beginning and showed us all how to rock and roll. He was a such a great talent and will be missed. Little Richard’s music will last forever.
Love & Mercy, Brian,252Twitter Ads info and privacy1,580 people are talking about this

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